Vision board installed at Southern Ute Indian Montessori Academy

Wednesday, April 4, 2018 9:36 PM
Carlos Tucson works to put the finishing touches on the wooden panels used for the Southern Ute Indian Montessori School vision board. The board includes a sandbox at its base.
Members of Tiospaye, a Durango nonprofit, organized four new art installation across the region in recent months, including a new chalkboard Southern Ute Indian Montessori School.

A new chalkboard at the Southern Ute Indian Montessori Academy asks students to write down their visions.

"Having a personal vision or a vision for the world is a guidepost for living your life," said Stacey Oberly, a team leader with Tiospaye, a Durango nonprofit.

The installation was one of four art projects planned by Tiospaye, a group focused on personal development. The group also worked on pieces for Durango, Aztec and Cortez.

Tiospaye members set out to gather 17,777 visions for the world and those visions helped inspire their projects around the region.

"We wanted to have an interactive piece that would promote creativity," Oberly said. The all-weather board has a sandbox at its base and it was made possible in large part by Eagle Feather Construction, which donated materials and labor to the project, she said.

While collecting visions for the project, she talked with a 13-year-old who wanted to end homelessness and recycle more.

"It was just impressive to see that," she said.

She hopes the board will inspire the students to follow their vision, she said.